Siding Spring Survey
|Siding Spring Survey|
|Organization||University of Arizona, Australian National University|
|Location||Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia|
The Siding Spring Survey (SSS) is a Near-Earth object search program that uses the 0.5 metres Uppsala Schmidt Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, New South Wales, Australia. It is the southern hemisphere counterpart of the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) located in the Santa Catalina Mountains on Mount Bigelow, near Tucson, Arizona, USA. The survey is the only professional search for dangerous asteroids being made in the Southern Hemisphere.
SSS is jointly operated by the University of Arizona and the Australian National University, with funding from NASA. SSS (IAU observatory code E12) is located at Siding Spring Observatory (IAU observatory code 413) at , approximately 400 km north west of Sydney at and altitude of about 1150 m.
Since 2004 the survey has discovered 400 potentially hazardous objects with a diameter greater than 100 m. In early January 2013, Robert H. McNaught discovered a new comet named C/2013 A1 using data collected while searching for asteroids.
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